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NHL.com Picks Mid-tourney Awards

Tuesday, 02.18.2014 / 6:00 PM PT / News
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NHL.com Picks Mid-tourney Awards


SOCHI, RUSSIA -- Phil Kessel has carried his red-hot play from the NHL season into the 2014 Sochi Olympics to help the United States prove its status as a gold-medal contender. With seven points in three games, the Toronto Maple Leafs right wing not only leads the Olympics in scoring, he is the front-runner for tournament MVP, according to votes cast by the four members of NHL.com's Olympic coverage team.

Kessel received 11 out of a possible 12 points, including three first-place votes, in the very unofficial ballots submitted by Arpon Basu, Corey Masisak, Shawn Roarke and Dan Rosen.

The writers ranked their top three candidates for tournament MVP as well as the best defenseman, best forward, best goalie and the most surprising player. A point system was applied with a first-place vote three points, a second-place vote two points and a third-place vote one point.

The writers also submitted the six players they think belong on the All-Tournament Team through the qualification round. Players received one point for each vote. The three forwards, two defensemen and one goalie who received the most votes made it onto the writers' All-Tournament Team after the qualification round.

Kessel received three first-place votes and one second-place vote for MVP. He was a unanimous selection to the All-Tournament team.

Canada's Drew Doughty, who was voted the best defensemen of the tournament and was second in the MVP voting, also was a unanimous selection to the All-Tournament team. Doughty leads defensemen in scoring with four goals and five points.

Russia center Pavel Datsyuk, second to Kessel in the voting for the best forward, was selected to the All-Tournament team by each of the four writers. Datsyuk has five points on two goals and three assists.

Rounding out the All-Tournament Team were Switzerland goalie Jonas Hiller, U.S. forward Joe Pavelski and Sweden defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Hiller won the best goalie category despite being eliminated from the tournament Tuesday night. He had a 0.67 goals-against average, .970 save percentage and two shutouts in three starts. Switzerland scored three goals in those games.

Pavelski was third in the voting for the best forward and Karlsson was second behind Doughty in the best defensemen category.

The writers struggled to come to any kind of consensus on the most surprising player in the tournament. Three players received first-place votes, with Austria forward Michael Grabner garnering two plus a third-place vote to take the award. Eight players received votes in the most surprising player category.

Grabner leads the Olympics with five goals, but the Austrians were eliminated Tuesday.

MVP

1. Phil Kessel, United States – 11 points (3 first-place votes)

2. Drew Doughty, Canada – 9 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Erik Karlsson (Sweden) and Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) – 2 points

BEST GOALIE

1. Jonas Hiller (Switzerland) – 11 points (3 first-place votes)

2. Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) – 6 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Jonathan Quick (United States) – 4 points

4. Sergei Bobrovsky (Russia) – 2 points

5. Robert Kristan (Slovenia) – 1 point

BEST DEFENSEMEN

1. Drew Doughty (Canada) – 10 points (2 first-place votes)

2. Erik Karlsson (Sweden) – 7 points (1 first-place vote)

3. Ryan Suter (United States) – 4 points (1 first-place vote)

4. Shea Weber (Canada) – 3 points

BEST FORWARD

1. Phil Kessel (United States) – 12 points (4 first-place votes, unanimous)

2. Pavel Datsyuk (Russia) – 7 points

3. Joe Pavelski (United States) – 3 points

4. Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) and Anze Kopitar (Slovenia) – 1 point

MOST SURPRISING PLAYER

1. Michael Grabner, Austria – 7 (2 first-place votes)

2. Ziga Jeglic, Slovenia – 4

3. T.J. Oshie, United States – 3 (1 first-place vote)

4. Robert Kristan, Slovenia – 3 (1 first-place vote)

5. Sami Vatanen, Finland – 3

6. Olli Maatta, Finland – 2

7. Evgeny Medvedev (Russia) and Tomas Kaberle (Czech Republic) – 1

ALL-OLYMPIC TEAM

G: Jonas Hiller (3 out of 4 votes)

D: Drew Doughty (4 out of 4 votes)

D: Erik Karlsson (2 out of 4 votes)

F: Phil Kessel (4 out of 4 votes)

F: Pavel Datsyuk (4 out of 4 votes)

F: Joe Pavelski (2 out of 4 votes)

Other receiving votes: Henrik Lundqvist (1), Shea Weber (1), Ryan Suter (1), Anze Kopitar (1), Jaromir Jagr (1)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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